Vancouver’s City Charter was drafted in 1951 and approved by the voters in 1952. The Charter forms the “constitution” of city government and guides its structure and operations.
Amendments to the Charter can be proposed by City Council, or by citizen petition. They must be approved by the voters before taking effect.
The charter requires that every five years a committee of 15 citizens review the charter and recommend changes to the City Council. If Council approves the amendments, they will be submitted to a vote of the people.
Last amended by a vote of the people on Nov. 3, 2015.
Vancouver City Charter, 2015 update (163 KB)